The Xbox 360 – need HDTV to get the full experience. The PS3 – need HDTV to get the full experience. Stores everywhere are slowly coming down on their prices so that more and more people will be able to afford them. But with all those events happening, and all these systems requiring HDTV to unlock their full visual potential, are gamers even really finding their lack of HDTV a huge issue?
From the article:
Ultimately, the gamer is looking for the best gaming experience, and HD is a part of that, but not the end-all. Equally important is inventive game play, which is the main focus of Nintendo with the Wii. I don’t think Nintendo will lose out on customers by not offering HD. Following Sony and Microsoft’s lead on offering the latest in HD would have added too much cost and negated one of their greatest strengths for this generation.
A determining factor in market success will be if the [Blu-ray] format ultimately becomes the dominant one for high-def DVD. If it does, this will result in a very important advantage for Sony over the life of the console. Microsoft can counter-punch by delivering a Blu-ray add-on, which is the advantage of [their] modular approach, but, as I stated, a fully integrated box at price parity is a more attractive box for consumers.
Publishers have to consider both HD and standard definition in this go-around. When selling into markets in transition, which is the TV market today, publishers can’t assume the consumer has one type of technology over the other. Capcom’s lack of consideration for non-HD TVs was a big mistake, since the majority of gamers today do not have HDTVs.
Read the full article over at Gamasutra.com